Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted Tuesday, April 20, on all three charges relating to the murder of George Floyd. For his safety, a prison spokesperson said that Chauvin was put into a prison’s segregated housing unit.
At the conclusion of the trial, Judge Peter Cahill revealed that Chauvin will be sentenced in about eight weeks. Cahill revoked bail, and Chauvin will be awaiting sentencing in police custody.
Department of Corrections spokesperson Sarah Fitzgerald said that Chauvin was taken to the Minnesota Correctional Facility-Oak Park Heights while he is waiting to be sentenced.
Fitzgerald wrote CNN and confirmed in an email that Chauvin "is on 'administrative segregation' status for his safety." The note added, "Administrative segregation is used when someone's presence in the general population is a safety concern."
However, Cahil must weigh in on several factors when determining the fate of Chauvin; the ex-cop can face up to 40 years in prison for second-degree murder, up to 25 years for third-degree murder and up to 10 years for manslaughter.
Based on the state’s guidelines and that Chauvin has no prior convictions, it is possible that the sentence for both second-degree and third-degree murder could be 12-and-a-half years.
Cahil will consider other factors on Floyd’s murder, such as children being present and that he was treated with cruelty.
The other officers involved in Floyd’s death are to be tried together in August, according to CNN. Tou Thao, Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng have all been charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.
It was previously reported by CNN that Chauvin had 18 complaints filed against him with the Minneapolis Police Department’s Internal Affairs. Two of the 18 complaints were “closed with discipline,” CNN reported.
Thao had six complaints filed against him with internal affairs. One of the complaints still remains open. The other officers involved in this case had no complaints filed against them, according to the Minneapolis Police Department Internal Affairs.
The day after Chauvin’s arrest, then-wife Kellie Chauvin filed to dissolve their marriage. A statement from the Sekula Family Law office read, “She is devastated by Mr. Floyd's death and her utmost sympathy lies with his family, with his loved ones and with everyone who is grieving this tragedy. She has filed for dissolution of her marriage to Derek Chauvin.”
Chauvin shares no kids with ex Kellie.